Peak:  Challenger Point (14er)
 Route:  North Slope
 Range:  Sangre de Cristo
 Posted By:  Araujo38
 Date of Info:  09/22/2020
 Date Posted:  09/22/2020

Climbed North Slope route on Challenger Point from Trailhead at 8850'. My wife and I left TH at 4 am. We summited at about 11 am and were back in the car a little after 5pm. The excellent trail to Willow lake makes a one day ascent relatively easy and practical if you are fit enough to be comfortable with 5400 vertical feet gain in one day, but the camping near willow lake is very nice and makes the ascent much easier. There is some snow above 13,500'. We used microspikes from about 13,600' to the summit ridge. Microspikes made the ascent, and even more so the descent, easier and safer on this steep section. Once in the summit ridge microspikes are not needed. Helmets are probably a good idea if people are above you on the slope leading to the summit ridge as there is a lot of loose rock that can be knocked down. Most of the trail below 13,500' still has essentially dry summer conditions.

Comments or Questions
KC Avenue?
09/23/2020 12:33
Did you take a look at KC avenue by any chance? Is it passable with microspikes?

09/25/2020 07:19
Congrats on your summit. Same question as above. CR before yours says avenue is loaded. Was it clear?? Thanks!!

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